How Gratitude Changes the Brain

By Sarah Chauncey | November 25, 2015

Gratitude—the concept and the word—is an important part of my life. It’s not a moral thing for me. I rarely do things because I’m supposed to. It’s an emotional thing, a practice of meaning rather than morality. It genuinely makes me feel better to focus on what’s good, even—especially—when other things are challenging.

Finding Joy Through a Giving Practice

By Sarah Chauncey | February 11, 2015

I’ve discovered the secret to living in a world filled with kindness, generosity and compassion: It starts with me.

2014 Reflections

By Sarah Chauncey | December 30, 2014

I started drafting this post by writing, “This year didn’t go exactly as I’d planned.” Then, as I wrote, I realized just how far I’ve come. Wow. It may not have unfolded exactly according to my directive, with the outcomes I wanted, but it’s still been a miraculous, transformative year. Last December 31, I set…

Saying ‘Thank You’

By Sarah Chauncey | August 27, 2014

The other day, I was walking, and the idea came into my head to say “thank you” for that very moment. For the trees, the ocean breeze, the sun, the bench where I sit and meditate and write. Then I decided to keep going, to say “thank you” in as many moments as I remembered.…


By Sarah Chauncey | August 15, 2014

“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from my colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full,…